My family has raised dairy cows on our farm in Monroe County near Kendall, Wisconsin, for almost 150 years. We've weathered the Great Depression, low milk prices, droughts, floods, and snowstorms. Despite difficulties, the dairy and related industries generate $26.5 billion in revenue, 174,000 jobs, and fresh, healthy milk, cheese and butter to the state each year. Other local families have harvested cranberries for generations. Wild berries are native to our marshlands, and cranberries are the state's largest fruit crop. They supply $350 million and 7,200 jobs to our state's economy, and almost 60 percent of the US total harvest. My farm is just a few miles from the town of Warrens, the center of Wisconsin’s cranberry country and home of the world's largest cranberry festival, with over 140,000 visitors this year. Thanksgiving wouldn't be the same here or anywhere else if our cranberry crop vanished. read more source:
2019-10-12 10:45:36
TIAA‐CREF is a name that is well‐known in the United States. As one of the most popular pension funds, many people associate the name TIAA‐CREF with a well‐meaning insurer of retirement funds for some of our most beloved professionals, such as teachers and doctors. Yet, TIAA‐CREF has a darker side. In its quest to meet financial obligations, TIAA‐CREF has gone after some of our other most important members of society: farmers. Using its weighty financial power, TIAA‐CREF has been rapidly swallowing up farmland, both in the U.S. and abroad, leading it to become one of the world’s most insatiable leaders of land grabs. Download PDF
2019-07-10 06:36:38
TIAA’s Links to Land Grabbing and Deforestation download PDF source:
2019-07-30 07:07:22
As the average age of the U.S. farmer reaches 55 years, a new crop of farmland buyers are stepping in to take over American farmland: investors. In recent years, non‐farmer investors, such as pension funds, investment banks, and private equity firms, have become aggressive buyers in the farmland market. Dubbing farmland the hottest new “asset class,” investors are quickly building a toolbox of “investment vehicles” to allow wealthy clients to profit off of rising land values, land rents, and commodity prices. As investors infiltrate the farmland market, they drive up the price of farmland and outbid family farmers, ultimately undermining sustainable agricultural and preventing the transfer of land to the next generation.      read more source:
2019-10-12 10:43:30